Thanks to cellphones with polyphonic sound processors, the world has re-embraced the MIDI. The problem is, most songs sound appalling in MIDI form – although this doesn’t stop people from sticking it on their cellphones.
MIDIs have a limited range, which is why I believe people should stick to polyphonic tones of the following two music genres – techno and Super Nintendo music. Let’s be honest, no one wants to hear Beethoven’s Ninth squawking on your phone in 16-bit beeps and bleeps.
What’s on my phone:
With Caller ID: Final Fantasy – Prelude (aka “the crystal cave music”)
No Caller ID: Chrono Trigger – Fragment of a Dream
I’ve never actually played any of these games, but the tones sound nice as MIDIs. No overly high pitched notes, and no aggressive melodies.